Importance of listening to children without judgment

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Importance of listening to children without judgment

So it's so important that kids learn that you will listen to them without judging them. And the reason is because you want them to feel like they could really trust you. And the way for them to do that or the way for them to believe that they can do that is by feeling that they could come to you, tell you anything and know that you're not going to try to judge them, criticize them, change their minds. This becomes even more important as your kids get older, as outside influences start impacting their behavior and their choices; you want them to know that can trust you and that they can tell you anything. The way you do that is by starting when they're little.

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Gila Brown, MA, MFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist/ Parenting Expert

A middle school teacher turned child development specialist, Gila Brown, MA, MA, is the creator of Harmony Rules: How to Parent Confidently and Raise Super Kids.  With over 15 years of experience working with kids of all ages, Gila has helped countless parents transform life at home, enjoying a greater sense of peace and more rewarding relationships with their kids. Known for her fluency in ‘kid-speak’, Gila helps parents who are facing regular power struggles by giving them tools and strategies to respond with positive discipline and effective communication.

After receiving her BA from USC, Gila began her career in museum education and family programming.  She went on to receive her MA in human development from Pacific Oaks College, along with a teaching credential. After years of classroom teaching, Gila shifted gears deciding that she could best help kids by helping their parents. As a child development specialist, Gila earned an MA in clinical psychology from Antioch University. Her expertise and background in both education and psychology give her a unique perspective on child behavior and the family system.

Gila is in private practice in Beverly Hills where she works with individual adults and parents.  She also specializes in working with families coping with divorce. Gila teaches parenting workshops through numerous schools and parenting organizations.

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